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The Quick Fix Control Panel

Photoshop Elements control panelThe Control Panel, on the right side of the Quick Fix window, is where you'll make most of your adjustments. Elements helpfully arranges everything into four palettes -- General Fixes, Lighting, Color, and Sharpen -- listed in the order you'll typically use them. In most cases, it makes sense to start at the top and work your way down until you get the results you want. (See page 99 for more suggestions on what order to work in.)

Clicking any of these triangles collapses or expands that section of the Control Panel. (At right.) If you have a small monitor and you're bothered by the way the Sharpen slider (not shown here) scrapes the bottom of the window, close one of the upper sections to bring the Sharpen slider up onto your screen when you need to reach it.

The Control Panel always fills the right side of the Quick Fix screen. There's no way to hide it, and you can't drag the palettes out of the Control Panel as you can in Standard Edit mode. But you can expand and collapse them.

NOTE If you go into Quick Fix mode before you open a photo, you won't see the pointers in the sliders, just empty tracks. Don't worry -- they'll automatically appear as soon as you open a photo and give them something to work on.

Different Views: After vs. Before and After

When you open an image in Quick Fix, your picture first appears by itself in the main window with the word "After" above it. Elements keeps the Before version -- your original photo -- tucked away, out of sight. But you can pick from three other different layouts, which you can choose at any time: Before Only, Before and After (Portrait), and Before and After (Landscape). The Before and After views are especially helpful when you're trying to figure out if you're improving your picture -- or not -- as shown below. Switch between views by picking the one you want from the pop-up menu just below your image.

before and after
The Before and After view in the Quick Fix window makes it easy to keep an eye on just how you're changing your photo. You can use the Zoom tool to focus in on just a portion of your picture.

NOTE NOTE Quick Fix limits the amount of screen space available for your image. If you want a larger view while you work, click over to Standard Edit.



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